David J. Clark, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Pain Relief Service, PAVIR Board Chair; Chief of Staff, PAVIR Investigator
Dr. Clark serves as the Director, Pain Relief Service, VAPAHCS at the VAPAHCS; and as Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine at Stanford University.
He earned his B.A. in Chemistry at the Carleton College, Northfield, MN in 1985, his Ph.D in Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN in 1991, and his M.D. at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN in 1992. After his Medicine Internship at the same institution, he joined the University of Washington, Seattle, WA and completed his anesthesiology Residency in 1996, and a Pain Management Clinical and Research Fellowship in 1998.
In 1998, Dr. Clark joined the Stanford faculty and is a physician-investigator at the Palo Alto VA. During this time he has served in several leadership roles. Most recently, he was elected to the position of the Chair of the Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research. This experience has given him a profound appreciation for the role PAVIR plays in supporting research at the VA and the many collaborations PAVIR investigators generate.
Dr. Clark’s laboratory and clinical interests involve pain and the mechanisms by which analgesic drugs relieve pain. He is specifically interested in genetic, epigenetic and immune factors that worsen pain and limit the effectiveness of our best medications. Dr. Clark is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the International Association for the Study of Pain. He is a Handling Editor for the Journal Anesthesiology. Dr. Clark holds Board certifications in Anesthesiology in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. Dr. Clark was reappointed to the PAVIR Board of Directors in 2013, and is currently serving as the Chair of the Board.